March 28, 2010
CAMDEN, N.J. - An early five-run deficit proved too much to overcome as the Saint Joseph's baseball team dropped the finale of its series with Massachusetts, 8-1, on Sunday afternoon at Campbell's Field. UMass lefty Mike Gedman twirled a five-hit complete game to earn the win.
Massachusetts (2-11 overall, 1-2 Atlantic 10) posted three runs in the first inning, all coming with two outs. Matt Gedman drew a walk, fouling off five pitches in a 10-pitch at bat. That was followed by three straight hits, including a two-run single by Peter Copa, to give the Minutemen a 3-0 lead.
UMass added a pair in the top of the second on a two-out single by Mike Donato to go ahead by five.
The Minutemen responded in the top of the seventh on a single by Kyle Multner and two in the ninth when Cameron McMullen ripped a double to the wall in center, setting the final score at 8-1.
Gedman was masterful, retiring the first 11 and last 10 hitters he faced. He scattered five hits, including two each to Oriente and Valesente, and allowed just the one run with no walks and 10 strikeouts in nine innings.
A.J. Holland got the start and took the loss for Saint Joseph's. He was charged with five runs, three earned, and gave up six hits and two walks against two strikeouts in an inning and a third.
SJU will be back in action on Tuesday afternoon, when the Hawks take on Penn in the first round of the Liberty Bell Classic. The game is set for 3:00 p.m. at Penn's Meiklejohn Stadium.